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Curing the Chaos

Organized Craft Room

Are you ready to turn your craft room into a space that doesn't make you want to pull your hair out every time you walk in? It's time to get organized and make your craft room the envy of all your friends (or at least the ones who appreciate organized chaos).

Here are some easy (and hilarious) steps to get you started:

  1. Grab a glass of wine (or three) and accept that this is going to be a messy process. Crafting is a chaotic business, and it's unlikely that you'll be able to transform your space into a Pinterest-worthy paradise in just one afternoon. But with a little liquid courage and some elbow grease, you can definitely make a big improvement.

  2. Purge like your life depends on it. Take everything out of your craft room and lay it out on a large table or the floor. As you sort through your supplies, ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really need all those pom poms? Will you ever actually use that 5th glue gun you bought on a whim at Michaels? Be honest with yourself and get rid of anything you know you'll never use. If you're feeling particularly brave, you can even enlist the help of your friends to give you a second opinion on what to keep and what to toss. To help ease the pain of never actually having used some of these supplies, and to keep the crafting karma flowing your way, you can donate these items to a variety of groups.  Feel great knowing the 5th (and 4th) glue guns could help out the local art teacher in any level school so she doesn’t have to buy another one herself.  Same goes for fabric to the local quilt guild and so on.  You’d be surprised at all the people that would love to come take your treasures for free right off your front porch! Easy peasy!

  3. Divide and conquer. Sort your supplies into categories and subcategories to make it easier to find a home for everything. Some common categories for craft supplies include paper, fabric, yarn, resin, paints, and tools, and of course, UFOs (UnFinished Opportunities). You can create subcategories within each of these to further organize your supplies. For example, your paper category might include subcategories for construction paper, cardstock, and scrapbooking paper.

  4. Find a home for everything. Use bins, baskets, shelves, and even repurpose old household items to keep your supplies organized. Label everything so you know exactly what's inside each container. This will save you time and frustration when you're in the middle of a project and need a specific supply. And if you're feeling particularly creative, you can even DIY some of your storage solutions. The possibilities are endless!

  5. And if all else fails, just remember the golden rule of crafting: if you can't find it, just buy more. Because let's be real, we can never have too much Fashenhues. Happy organizing!

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